October 20th, 2006

Macbeth the Usurper

Picturing and Questing

As a photographer, I had an interesting time hanging with the Quest game and taking pictures. I learned some stuff.

First off, the woman in black is Wendy. My God My God, what a fantastic face to photograph. She, like so many others, "claimed" that she doesn't photograph well. *Sigh* I hate Hollywood and fashion magazine. They have so many beautful women convinced that they aren't drop dead gorgeous. It's my job, as a photographer, to prove them wrong. It' such the win-win situation. I get to photograph beautiful women, and they get beautiful photographs of themselves.

I learned that if you follow the PC's in such a game, you get lots of talking heads. Great for portraits!!! Unfortunately, you tend to get battle scenes from behind, so you get great expressions from theh NPC's, but not the players.

I learned that if you follow the NPC's, you get lots of behind-the-scenes photos, easy access to battles, and you get to photograph the players face-on as they advance for the fight.

The fight photos are hard. The best place to be is in the middle of the action. The best way to screw up safe play is to be in the middle of the action. The best way to disturb the fight is to be in the middle. Still, the BEST fight photos were from being in the middle of the fight. I could take photos from the side, but I needed far more megapixels and even more speed. With time, I can learn to take those pics.

The light was challenging. The day was perfectly clear. The sun was intense. It was often impossible to not get a picture with burned out pixels or overly-dark darks. I really don't know what to do about that. Learn, I guess.

Many players were good with the photographs. Some were unhappy as I broke the mood or otherwise poked at some preference. I don't think there's a win there. Next time, I would dress more NPCish.

I would also create a character for night-time, when there's not much to photograph anyway. I wound up being a spare flashlight for the night-time tromps. I figure a porter or a lantern bearer would be handy. Safety, desireablilty to other groups, and my own light to take pictures with. It's a win-win-win.

I hope folks love the pictures. I conciously attempted to take as many portraits as possible. Many didn't work, as I have this damned unsteady hand and wound up with too man blurry pictures. Still, I hope that I got a good variety of folks.
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Weekend

The weekend went well.

Friday was a Korean BBQ, and we finally caught up with Dr. Who. The cat decided that being out for fifteen hours was a keen idea. He had us worried, but he walked up the path in time for breakfast.

We cleaned on Saturday. Had Colleen and Andy over for dinner. Things went well.

Sunday was a more of the GURPS game.
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Computer Noise

I have a fan making noise on my computer again. Grrr. I hate that. It's a weird grinding. It might be the video card again. (I only just got the thing working properly in 3D again. Grrr.)

Time to go parts shopping, I think, if it's the video card fan. Maybe it's just a WD40 day. Maybe its a different fan.

So far for the computer, I've:
- Bought a quiet case
- Replaced the power supply with a quieter one
- Replaced fans for quieter ones
- Replaced hard drives with quieter ones

Still not done, I guess. Maybe next next PC will be a Mac Mini. Those suckers are small and quiet. Drop Ubuntu onto it and go. Maybe run two virtual machines. Ahhh. When I get to have money again. Time to start squirreling away my lunch money.
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Trailers

Is it me, or are there no high profile, FX films coming out around Thanksgiving/Christmas?
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Weekend

On Friday, we had cheap strip-mall chinese food. They gave us enough to eat Friday, Saturday night, Sunday night, and lunch on Monday. $20. That was a stupid amount of food.

On Saturday, we went to lunascura's wedding. Yay. She was quite the beauty. Congrats to her and Curtis. Many good wishes. The candied apples as favors were delicious. They're so good we're cutting ours in half, then splitting the halves in half for dessert. I still need to sort through pictures.

On Sunday, I kept up playing Dragon Quest. I got to the end, but then the game KEPT GOING because that wasn't the end. *Sigh*. I now need to do some of the tedious stuff in-game that I dislike, so I am hitting the game faqs. I have no lust for trying 10e25 ingredient combinations.

We have a new fire alarm for the first floor. It has a mute button!!! (We're experts at setting off our fire alarm.)

Jen realized that our little mouser is a gray mouser. If we get a dog, should we name him Pawfner?

The car appears to be having trouble with skipping cylinders. I must check the usual suspects, the sparkplugs working loose.
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Flu Shot

Got a flu shot. Now I feel like ick. Ick!!!
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Halloween

Trick or treat. The car has been acting not-so-nice. A cylinder keeps misfiring. I checked it out. Last night's trick was a spark-plug wire coming undone! So, off to the auto-parts store on 3-cylinders (rumba rumb bang) to order new cables. This morning's "treat" was going to the store, them actually having the cables like they said, and said cables fixing the car's issues. Yay.

I finished up Dragon Quest last night. The end was a 30 minute cut-scene. Yowsa.
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Meme

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

Philadelphia
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
The West
Boston
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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